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City Cafe
City Cafe

City Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.citycafebaltimore.com
  • Phone: (410) 539-4252
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 7:30am - 10:30pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Jared Rhine
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our semi-private dining loft accommodates up to 30 guests comfortably. Our front cafe area accommodates up to 40 seated or 80 standing.
    We offer a variety of affordable prix-fixe menu options which are customizable to specific taste and dietary preferences.
    For more information visit our website or contact us at citycafebaltimore@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Crystal Wack (410) 539-4252

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eager St.
  • Public Transit: The Charm City Circulator Purple Route stops a block away at the corner of Charles and Eager Streets. It’s FREE and convenient transportation from Federal Hill to Penn Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking available on Friday and Saturday nights and free self parking, on a convenient nearby lot, on weeknights after 6PM and weekend afternoons. The lot is located on the South-West corner of Cathedral and Eager Streets. There is a three hour limit and all vehicles must be moved when you depart City Cafe. Posted restrictions apply. There are plenty of metered spots on the left side of Cathedral Street and all along Eager Street. There are two nearby paid surface lots.
A word from City Cafe
Award winning food, a stylish downtown setting, and warm service comes together at the corner of Cathedral & Eager Streets in the historic Mount Vernon Cultural District. We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily plus Brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. Nearby parking is complimentary at nights and all day on weekends. Reservations are recommended but not required.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I was looking for a place near the train station to have a quick but nice lunch for me and my friend. We had about an hour and a half. The reservation was at noon and we were greater and seated quickly. The menu had some fun things on it such as a fruit and yogurt parfait and fresh salads. We received our drinks quickly but had to wait for a bit prior to ordering. This did not delay us and we received our orders in a timely manner. The food was excellent. We didn't get desert but there were some nice selections. All in all I really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and location. I would recommend the place for friends and I would go back...in fact I wanted to take another friend the next day (but we were a bit far away). Good choice!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I have been going to the City Cafe for 15 years and it hhas the freshes food and the best service in the city. It is our "go to" place when we want a great dinner for sure."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My date and I paid $17.00 dollars each (we ordered the same meal) for a tiny piece of salmon about as wide as my three fingers served on a cheap hamburger bun. You also served two slices of gross and burnt bacon, which is not normal for a supposedly healthy meal like salmon. The french fries were the lowest quality imaginable, like the kind they serve at fast food restaurants. Since I'm the one that suggested your restaurant for our first meeting, thanks for helping to make a great first impression! I had to literally apologize for the poor quality of your food more than once! I promise I'll never step foot inside your establishment as long as I live!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was decent and our server was wonderful but the hostess was extremely rude and unpleasant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the portions were large, the pricing was very reasonable and the setting is energetic (on the loud side). What's not to like? Will return as long as it's this good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Spoke to a friend about going to the City Cafe. She previewed the menu online and was happy to find items that could meet the needs of her restrictive diet. Nice website btw... easy to navigate. Nice menu! I made reservations through OpenTable and was seated immediately upon arrival. The interior had undergone some great changes since I was there many years ago. Our waiter was prompt & attentive during our meal (I believe his name was Sam - super nice). My friend order the 'Vegetable and egg white omelet', while I had the 'Grand Marnier French Toast'. I also had a perfectly mixed Cosmopolitan followed by a Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear Cider. Thanks City Cafe for a great brunch experience. I am sure dinner would be just as delightful."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Who woulda, coulda thought up a fried oysters rockefeller omlette?! How about fluffy pancakes with raspberry ricotta creme? Really different AND delicious. Love the diversity and all the staff. Fantastic team."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The hostess and waiter were great. As were the food, ambiance and service. We love everything about the restaurant except the restrooms. There are only 2, located in very tight quarters and little room to wait. At one point is was in line behind 3 people."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "arrived at 6:30 & told waitress we had to leave at 7:45 for concert - food arrived at 7:38!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "As always, the City Cafe was a perfect place for our party of five to meet upstairs, where it is quieter to talk and shmooze. Our waitress couldn't have been nicer. She did not make us feel hurried in any way. We got to visit over our drinks and talk for quite a while. The food came promptly. My husband had the Baltimore Club again and I had the crab cakes. We both agreed the crab cakes were not as good as they used to be. Otherwise, a perfect evening. We will be back. As we left, we loved seeing all the people dining outside at tables with music playing softly for them."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We always feel welcomed every time we visit City Cafe. The cuisine is creative and delicious and the service is very attentive and friendly. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My husband and I went to celebrate our third anniversary and had an excellent meal (as always)"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My wife and I go there regularly before each BSO event (we have seasons tickets), and each meal has been excellent. We don't even think of going anywhere else."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Attentive, informative waiter. Good food. Our company loved their selections and we made our curtain with time to spare."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I went with a group on a Monday night and had an amazing experience. Our server was very attentive and personable. We started with the mini crab cakes and the lobster mac-and-cheese, which were really tasty. For dinner we lucked out that it was steak night! Probably the best steak deal in the city... you get your choice of steak with two sauces and two sides for around $17 a person. I had the flat iron with grilled zucchini and mashed potatoes. The steak was perfectly cooked and really tender and the zucchini was very delicious. For desert I HIGHLY recommend the pistachio creme brulee, it was the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner! I will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "City Cafe is a favorite for good, moderately-priced American dishes in a comfortable casual atmosphere. Definitely recommend it for a an easy brunch or dinner. Service is consistently good; nice desserts. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "City Cafe is great however dining there Sunday, June 1st was not pleasant due to the waitress who was short, rude and totally ungracious! Too bad as everyone else is so nice! We did tell her and the manager heard our disappointment in our treatment. She needs an attitude adjustment! I believe her name is Heidi."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Good food, especially the nachos, and friendly service, especially from our waiter and Valet crew members. Smiling faces were greatly appreciated"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent, The Atmosphere, The Food, The Waitstaff. All Was Great, I Particularly Liked That Could Stick To Healthy Eating Without Sacrificing Flavor. Dessert Was Decadent And Worth The Calories. We Walked From The Myerhoff Before Out Concert And Made I Back In Time For The Show"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Not sure I like the new City Cafe ambience as well as the old (especially since they still only have two bathrooms!) but the food was better this time than the last time. Overly salty (both of us commented on this) but we were accommodated when asking to forgoe flour tortillas & that is nice. So brunch was okay. Just remember it being spectacular before. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is our "go to" restaurant before the symphony or other events in the area. The service is always good and the food is consistently delicous with a nice selection varying from time to time. I had the mac and cheese with lobster as my main course and it was delicious."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I had requested seating in a quiet area for a business meeting. There were only three other tables in the area. It was ideal. Service was efficient but not intrusive. I have taken friends and associates there several times for lunch and have never been disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We scheduled lunch for a very special occasion, my daughter's graduation from JHU. We arrive with obvious graduation attire, get ready to order a drink, and first thing the waitress does is ask if she has ID. My daughter is nearly 22. It was so unnecessary! And ruined our experience. The food was only so-so. My salmon and hers were over cooked. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Particularly enjoyed the seafood risotto. Service was fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I graduated from law school and went with six other family members to City Cafe for dinner. The food was excellent, and the menu had a special for Monday night dinner. My only criticism was that the service left a bit to be desired. We had errors with a couple of orders and the waiter was slow to bring out waters and a few things before the meal. Other than that minor flaw, dinner was great."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I go to cultural events with an elderly friend and we love to go to City Café after the symphony or opera. They have fabulous food, we often get the salmon sandwich which is to die for. Their waitstaff is really good. They have great seleciton of beers on draft and the atmosphere is always energized there, but you can still hear one another talk. Great Baltimore restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I know its a cliche headline but its true. Wonderful food, superb waitstaff, impeccably clean."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Met some co-workers out for dinner and drinks. The $16 Steak night on Monday (plus $10 off a bottle of wine) was a steal. Will definitely be back again, soon."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I am a regular at City Cafe, and our experience today was in tune with the usual pleasant status quo. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I went to the City Cafe because I was seeing a matinee performance with the fabulous Francesca Mondanaro of Nabucco at the Baltimore Lyric Opera.I wanted to find a spot where I could indulge in a crab cake (afterall I was in Baltimore) that was within walking distance from both the train station and the Lyric Opera. City Cafe fit the bill. I ordered the crab cake sandwich with sweet potato fries. The crab cake was delicious- lots of crab- not too much else with a nice tartar sauce on the side. The sweet potato fries were cold and limp, but the server immediately brought me another order. I had a fabulous flourless chocolate cake for dessert. I would recommend it as a great brunch spot. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Food was very good and the service was excellent. One of my favorite Baltimore restaurants."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been here many times,but the restrauant was not clicking on a cylinders for a Friday evening. The service was slightly slower than before, but that seemed due to our waitress was overextended. Our food came late and my crab soup sat so it was cold! But, the staff recovered quickly and brought me that I may say is the best soup in baltimore, mulligan tonny. Run to get this soup. Burgers we had were very good! For dinner the bar area is just too loud for conversation and the noise bleeds everywhere into the restrauant. Needs correction."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We love eating here and come often. Wonderful before symphony or performance at Lyric theater but also a great place just to go for the food, service, and comfort."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Sitting in the new side of the restaurant added to the urban bistro charm of this consistently terrific restaurant . Upscale with 2 story windows, eclectic groups of people to meet and watch. Food was equally great and valued. Seasonal varieties of wonderful fresh oysters and entrees. I had Blue Point oysters which were as expected, cold, plump, sweet with a little salt. Not may places offer a minionette which I enjoy as an alternative to a overpowering cocktail sauce. The seasonal arctic char was moist, flavorful and cooked perfectly. It was accompanied by a eggplant capponata side which I found to be an unexpected but delicious complement. City Cafe is in the center of the growing art district on Mount Vernon. I'm never dissapointed!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "First visit after years of driving past. We will not be making that mistake any more."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food is really well done overall. They take dishes you've had elsewhere and take them to a new level."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I was in Baltimore for one night and saw that this place had good reviews so I went. Even eating by myself, I felt comfortable and the waitress took very good care of me. The crab cakes were delicious and I was very pleased with my experience. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "This is one of the best brunch spots in Baltimore. The food is always delicious and service is great! The chicken and biscuits is one of my favorites and never disappoints. The complimentary mini cinnamon buns are just the perfect amount of sweet and always a nice surprise. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My wife and I visited the City Cafe for the first time recently. We are experienced patrons of all varieties of restaurants, both at home and away. In our experience, it is unusual to find pleasant surroundings married with good service and good food quality. However, that is exactly what we experienced at the City Cafe. Our wait staff was terrific, personable and well-informed about the menu. My wife is a vegetarian, but I am not. We were delighted to find many interesting and tasty options for vegetarians on the menu. We had a terrific dining experience. Not too noisy, just the right amount of activity, terrific food, great drinks as well, and reasonable total cost. We are looking forward to our second helping there."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were attending a show at the Meyerhoff, so we walked down for a pre-show meal at one of my favorite spots in the city to dine. The City Cafe once again didn't disappoint and provided a great opportunity to meet other show attendees. We had an amazing meal, fabulous service and the best cocktails in town. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014